12/02/2013 2:30 PM
The Springfield Falcons (14-3-1-1) went 1-0-1-0 this past week, falling in overtime to the Manchester Monarchs on the road 4-3 Friday night before defeating the Portland Pirates 3-0 Saturday night at the MassMutual Center. The Falcons are currently on an eight-game point streak and have won nine of their last 11 games to secure the best points percentage in the American Hockey League (.789).
The Falcons look to keep the current point streak alive with three games this week – Wednesday, December 4 at the Albany Devils, Saturday, December 7 versus the Hartford Wolf Pack at the MassMutual Center and Sunday, December 8 versus at Hartford. The puck drop for Saturday’s game is set for 8:00 p.m.
Click here for the Falcons’ 2013-14 regular-season schedule.
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Single-game tickets throughout the 2013-14 season can be purchased at the MassMutual Center box office from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to game time on Saturday home dates, and four hours prior to any Sunday home contests. Fans can also purchase tickets at Ticketmaster.com. For information about discounted group packages, call a Falcons’ sales representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625).
WEEK IN REVIEW
Springfield 3, Manchester 4 (OT)
Friday, November 29
Verizon Wireless Arena
The Falcons had their six-game winning streak snapped with an overtime loss at Manchester Friday night, falling by the final score of 4-3. The team did, however, continue a point streak, earning one and extending the stretch to seven games. After allowing the first goal of the game to the Monarchs’ Maxim Kitsyn, Springfield answered with three straight scores. Ryan Craig and Jonathan Marchessault each scored before the end of the first period, just 25 seconds apart. Cody Goloubef then added a power-play tally at 6:55 of the second period to extend the lead to 3-1. Three unanswered goals for Manchester – Jordan Weal and Nick Deslauriers in regulation, and Deslauriers again 1:19 into overtime – gave the Monarchs a 4-3 win and ended the Falcons’ unbeaten streak.
Springfield 3, Portland 0
Saturday, November 30
Springfield extended its point streak to eight games with a 3-0 shutout win over the Portland Pirates Saturday night. Mike McKenna stopped all 26 shots he faced between the posts for the Falcons, improving to 6-2-0 on the season and recording his second consecutive shutout. The St. Louis, Missouri native also blanked the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday, November 24. Spencer Machacek scored twice in the contest, redirecting a Darryl Boyce point shot at 6:18 of the second period and adding an empty-net goal with 1:17 remaining in regulation. For Machacek, the goals were his second and third of the season. Dalton Smith notched the game-winning tally, burying a rebound at 6:45 of the first period to put the Falcons ahead 1-0. With the win, Springfield closed out the month of November with a sparkling 9-1-1-0 record.
Wednesday, December 4 – Springfield at Albany, Times Union Center, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 7 – Springfield vs. Hartford, MassMutual Center, 8:00 p.m.
- Thunderstick Giveaway (1,000) presented by AAA
- Toys for Tots Toy Drive – every fan who donates will receive a free ticket voucher (one per donor)
Sunday, December 8 – Springfield at Hartford, XL Center, 3:00 p.m.
EIGHT-GAME POINT STREAK
The Falcons are currently on an eight-game point streak, dating back to Sunday, November 10. The streak is the third longest in franchise history, just one game shy of the record which was achieved twice. The team posted nine-game point streaks from October 19 to November 16 of 1996 and again from March 6 to March 28 of 1998. The Falcons have their chance to match the mark Wednesday, December 4 when they visit the Albany Devils.
McKENNA NAMED CCM/AHL GOALTENDER OF THE MONTH
The American Hockey League honored Falcons netminder Mike McKenna Monday as the league’s Goaltender of the Month for November. McKenna posted a 4-1-0 record, 1.16 goals-against average, .950 save percentage and two shutouts in five November starts. The St. Louis, Missouri native now leads the AHL with a 1.45 goals-against average and .945 save percentage, and is tied with four others with a league-best two shutouts this season.
The Falcons went 9-1-1-0 in the month of November, powering the team to the league’s best points percentage (.789). The month included a six-game win streak, which tied the third longest in franchise history. The Falcons won nine games in a row in March of the 1997-98 season, seven games in a row late in the 1996-97 season, and six in a row in January during the 2012-13 campaign.
CRAIG IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Springfield captain Ryan Craig is carving his name in the franchise record books. Friday night, the Abbotsford, British Columbia native scored his 62nd goal in a Falcons uniform, passing former Springfield captain Rob Murray for sole possession of fifth on the franchise’s all-time goal-scoring list. Craig is also just two points shy of matching Rob Schremp for 9th on the Falcons’ all-time points list. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound winger has recorded 116 points in 195 games with Springfield. Looking forward, Craig is just 9 games shy of tying Goran Bezina for 10th on the franchise’s career games played list and one power-play goal short of surpassing Daniel Briere and Jean-Guy Trudel for the most in Falcons history.
The Falcons strong play on special teams has fueled the team’s current eight-game point streak and 9-1-1-0 record in the month of November. Over the last eight games, Springfield is 12-for-52 (23.1 percent) on the power play and 35-for-37 (94.6 percent) on the penalty kill. The team was an AHL-worst 4-for-50 (8.0 percent) on the man advantage before the eight-game stretch. The Falcons penalty kill has been strong all season, but has been near perfect in the month of November. In 11 November games, the team is 41-for-43 (95.3 percent) on the PK, boosting its season mark to an AHL-leading 73-for-80 (91.3 percent).
LEAGUE-LEADING POINTS PERCENTAGE
At 14-3-1-1, the Falcons have earned 30 of a possible 38 points this season. The .789 points percentage is the best in the American Hockey League. Three AHL teams have more points than Springfield – Abbotsford (36), Manchester (34) and Grand Rapids (32) – but each team has played more games than the Falcons. Springfield has played 19 games, while Abbotsford has played 25, Manchester 23 and Grand Rapids 21.
STINGY DEFENSE AND GOALTENDING
So far this season, the Falcons have allowed the fewest goals (41) in the American Hockey League as well as the fewest goals per game (2.16). Springfield’s netminding duo has been outstanding, sporting a combined 2.06 goals against average and .924 save percentage. Mike McKenna leads the AHL with his 1.45 GAA and .945 save percentage. Jeremy Smith has won eight of his first 11 starts this season, posting a 2.51 GAA and a .911 save percentage.
The Falcons have scored the first of the game 10 times in 19 games so far this season. In those 10 games, Springfield is undefeated at 10-0-0-0. The Falcons are the only team in the AHL that have not lost a game in regulation, overtime or a shootout when scoring the first goal.
CYBER MONDAY OFFER
The Springfield Falcons are offering fans a special Cyber Monday deal for the team’s home game versus the Providence Bruins Sunday, December 29. Tickets purchased before Tuesday, December 3 at 8:00 a.m. via the link below will be priced at $12 per ticket, based on availability. Click here to purchase tickets using this offer. Use the promo code “Cyber” to receive the discount.
TOYS FOR TOTS TOY DRIVE
The Springfield Falcons are holding a toy drive at the team’s home game Saturday, December 7 to benefit Toys for Tots. All fans who donate a new toy will receive a free ticket voucher to an upcoming Falcons home game. The offer is limited to one voucher per donor.
The Springfield Falcons would like to thank all those who supported the team’s Movember efforts in raising awareness and funds to support men’s health.
COME TO A FALCONS GAME
For information about available ticket packages or single-game tickets, fans can contact a Falcons’ sale representative at (413) 739-GOAL (4625) or visit the team website by clicking here. All the information is also available at Ticket Headquarters, located on the MassMutual Center concourse behind section 31 at all Falcons’ home games.
The Falcons offer a number of affordable ticket packages to allow fans to enjoy the family entertainment for a low price. In addition to season-ticket plans, the team also offers flex packages for those who want to choose what games they want to attend and how many people they want to bring to each game. Flex packages are broken down into 44, 20 and 12-voucher plans, and the customer can use any number of those vouchers to any game, based on seat availability.
FALCONS NEST PRO SHOP
Fans can purchase their favorite team gear and apparel at the Falcons Nest Pro Shop, located inside the team office at 45 Falcons Way during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday) or online by clicking here. The shop is stocked with brand new merchandise for the 2013-14 season, including limited-edition apparel and novelty items featuring the new 20th anniversary logo. The Falcons Nest Pro Shop moves to the MassMutual Center concourse behind section 27 during all home games.